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    The Blog-Everyone’s Budget Minded

    Seems like both my to do and to read list are getting longer each day. Part of my dilemma is my e-mail in box is filling up with information about books on budget cooking and living. And not to mention people e-mailing me about sites that can help you save money. The good news is I’m checking them out and as I get to each one, if I think they’re worthwhile, I’m be telling you more about them. And even interviewing the authors who hopefully will share more tips with us. I’m happy to say I’m working on The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter and hope to have that ready by…

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    Sites for the Budget Minded

    Sometimes this Budget Smart Girl has to go looking for budget related sites, sometimes links to such sites land in my e-mail inbox. Thought I’d share some of my latest finds with you. It’s Just Like Eating Out When you’re watching your pennies, one of the hardest things to give up is eating out. However, this site could be the next best thing. Okay, you have to do the cooking! www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp Todd Wilbur shares his recipes for dishes you find in some of the most popular restaurants. Some you have to pay for but lots are free. Cheap Dinners And speaking of food, I found this great site from the…

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    Fall’s Best Buys for the Budget Cook

    If there’s one thing I like about fall, it’s the great variety of new vegetables and fruits that appear in late September. Summer has its peaches, raspberries and cherries, but how can anyone not love vegetables like squash and root veggies like parsnips? These vegetables not only taste great, but are kind to the budget too. Here’s why a budget smart cook can use them in every day meals. High in Fiber If you remember my article about beans and grains, I said the average American doesn’t consume enough fiber. An easy and low cost way to fill up on fiber is to consume things like root vegetables. Fiber laden…

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    The Blog-Free Museum Admission

    Here are two items of interest that hit my e-mail in box during the past week. Thought I’d pass them along to you. On Saturday September 26th you can free admission to certain museums in your local area thanks to the Smithsonian Museum Day. To download your free ticket and find a list of participating museums visit http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/admission.html And if you’re a Budget Smart parent, Balloon Time is holding their 3rd annual ‘Put a Face on Fun’ contest where children ages 3-11 years can win a $1,500 scholarship and a professional photo shoot. www.putafaceonfun.com This week on Budget Smart Girl-The best of fall foods and some interesting Web sites. Next…

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    Quick and Easy Meals

    I don’t know about you but some weeks I have meals all planned out and something comes up. Next thing I know, I’m rushing around trying to put dinner on the table. The simple solution is just to head out to the nearest restaurant but when you’re watching your budget, quick and easy stand by meals are the answer. Here are some of my favorites- Stir Fry One of my favorite dishes to make when I just need to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as I can is a stir fry. If I know I have a busy week coming up, I’ll often put together a…

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    Cheap Foods that are Good for You

    Do you keep seeing articles about ‘superfoods’? Foods that pack a nutritional punch and are recommended in our daily diet. Most people think good for you foods cost more. Surveys have shown that during the recent recession most of us have been opting for price over nutrition. But if you take a look at the list of superfoods, you’ll see most of them are inexpensive. Here is the list and how you can use them in every day cooking. Beans When it comes to nutrition and value for money, beans get an A+. They’re high in B Vitamins and fiber, and all for just pennies a serving. They’re also easy…

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    The Blog-The Library Has It All

    I’m back to my regular reading schedule so last week I stopped by the library. You know it’s one of my favorite spots not only for books and DVDs, but if your library is anything like my local one, it has classes and resources that show you how to save money. I picked up the fall events and classes brochure and found a ton of good stuff. Lots of libraries in the area are offering free gardening classes and best of all some now have free courses called Money Matters, everything from couponing 101 to getting by in tough times. Another thing I discovered from the brochure was that beginning…

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    September is National Coupon Month

    September is National Coupon Month so what better time to use these little slips of paper to help stretch your food dollar. Here are some ideas and hints on finding coupons, and how to use them for maximum benefit. Newspapers and Magazines I get about 50% of my coupons from the Sunday newspaper. If you’re looking for coupons for food items, it can’t be beat. Magazines, especially women’s magazines, are another good source. And if you want to buy items like natural and organic foods, try picking up a copy of Delicious Living. My local co-op has free copies at the information desk and every issue has at least two…

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    Soup, a Great Budget Meal

    I can’t think of a better comfort food than a bowl of homemade soup. Whether you’ve been raking leaves or feeling under the weather, there’s nothing quite like a hearty soup waiting for you on the kitchen table. But most of all, I love soup because it’s one of the best bargains out there. Ingredients are Inexpensive and Plentiful Eat with the seasons and most of the ingredients that go to make soup are usually not that expensive…vegetables and cheaper cuts of meat that tenderize during this slow cooking process. Fiber Feels You Up Thicker soups like split pea or lentil contain lots of fiber that fill you up quickly.…

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    The Blog-Saving Energy…save some money

    Tucked in with our water bill this month was a newsletter called Environmental Times. The local city puts together two page newsletter telling us about upcoming events and changes. I don’t know if this is a new law that goes into effect everywhere but starting January 1st, 2010, you can no longer put your leaves and yard waste in regular garbage bags. Seems you have to buy special paper ones or compostable ones. I’m guessing as everyone has to buy them the prices are going to shoot up. As we back onto a heavily wooded area we usually clean up at least 100 bags of leaves during fall and the…